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Jack and Jill of America Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Since the Brooklyn chapter’s inception in 1952, the chapter has actively supported, through participation and financial assistance, many organizations in the borough of Brooklyn and beyond. 

 

Foundation grants support programs that not only create opportunities and challenges for children to learn and practice leadership skills, but also build leadership character in youth. The goal of every foundation grant dollar is to empower young people to make the right life choices so that they are not merely consumers of society but also contributors.

 

The Brooklyn Chapter of Jack & Jill of America is committed to fulfilling its shared vision with Jack and Jill of America, Inc. by investing in the future of our children, our families and the communities in which we work, play and live. One Brooklyn based organization with whom we are very proud to partner with is Children of Promise, NYC. CPNYC is the first and only after school and summer program specifically designed to meet the needs, interests and concerns of children left behind by a parent serving time in prison. CPNYC’s mission is to embrace children of incarcerated parents and empower them to break the cycle of intergenerational negative involvement in the criminal justice system. For several years, the Brooklyn Chapter actively supported the grant application of CPNYC and are pleased to share that the organization has been the recipient of a Foundation Grant Award on more than one occasion. Because of CPNYC’s commitment and impact within the community, we are proud that our example of building borough awareness about the organization has made it a notable community service event, drawing participation from all Jack and Jill Metropolitan chapters.

 

Foundation grants for the 2019-2020 program year were due on March 15, 2020. After careful consideration, the Brooklyn Chapter submitted several organizations for a National Foundation Award across multiple grant types:  Our Village Grants – Independent African American Families Support Programs, and Hidden Grants – Chapter Reading Corners, Independent College Prep and Independent STEM.

 

Currently applications are being reviewed until April 20, 2020.  Applicants will be notified on May 15, 2020.  It is our hope that whomever a Foundation grant is awarded to, that the organization is and will remain committed to uplifting our children and the communities in which they live and will continue to inspire them to thrive.

 

Foundation Chair:  Kym Ward Gaffney